Duration : 17 Nights /18 Days
Day 1 Tue
LONDON-AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND
Leave London in the early morning and head through the lush English countryside to the Channel port, where you embark on your ferry for the Continent. Meet your tour director and board your luxury coach for the drive to the Amsterdam area.
Day 2 Wed
This morning watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a diamond center in Amsterdam. Then sightseeing with a local guide pointing out the city highlights, and finally a canal cruise to see the town at water level.
Day 3 Thu
AMSTERDAM AREA-THE RHINELAND, GERMANY-BLACK FOREST
A choice today of the included scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine or, even more thrilling, the optional Rhine cruise with vistas of the Lorelei Rock, hilltop castles, half-timbered wine villages, and terraced vineyards. Spend the night in the Black Forest.
Day 4 Fri
BLACK FOREST-TITISEE-LAKE LUCERNE SWITZERLAND
An early start this morning through parts of the scenic Black Forest for a stop in lovely Titisee, famous for its cuckoo clocks. Stop awhile at the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen before heading through the green meadows and picturesque wooded valleys of Switzerland to Lake Lucerne for overnight.
Day 5 Sat
One of Switzerland's finest cities nestled amid its snow-capped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and embellished by the clear mountain waters of the River Reuss. Your sightseeing takes in the impressive city walls, a covered wooden bridge, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets and the Lion Monument — a masterful stone sculpture in honor of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis XVI. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cable car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis; a cruise on the fjord-like lake; and, of course, there is time to shop for that very Swiss watch.
Day 6 Sun
LAKE LUCERNE-LINDAU, GERMANY-NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE-FERN PASS, AUSTRIA-INNSBRUCK
From the shores of Lake Lucerne to those of the even bigger Lake Bodensee for a short stop in the charming Bavarian City of Lindau. Next to one of the world's best known castles, Neuschwanstein. Enjoy every moment of your included visit. In the afternoon journey through the charming Fern Pass into the Inn Valley for an overrnight in Innsbruck.
Day 7 Mon
INNSBRUCK-ITALIAN DOLOMITES, ITALY-VENICE AREA
Start the day by seeing the famous Golden Roof. South over Brenner Pass and into Italy's spectacular mountain scenery. Ahead is the elegant winter sports center of Cortina d'Ampezzo beneath the jagged peaks of the Dolomites. Evening arrival in Venice area. (B).
Day 8 Tue
The included tour starts with a boat ride and is followed by a visit to St. Mark's Basilica and a chance to watch Venetian glass blowers. Don't miss out on the optional gondola trip.
Day 9 Wed
South the whole day, with a stop in Assisi to visit the Basilica of St. Francis. In the afternoon cut across the Apennine Mountains to Rome.
Day 10 Thu
Included sightseeing with local guide starts in St. Peter's Square, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum.
Day 11 Fri
Another morning in Rome to do as you please. Maybe some shopping or revisit what by now has become your favorite haunt. In the afternoon an easy drive on the Highway of the Sun to the Florence area. End the day by joining the optional Tuscan dinner in a typical restaurant.
Day 12 Sat
This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled for a whole day. Traffic is banned in part of the historic center so visitors can wander at leisure and admire the city's timeless beauty in relative peace and quiet. Don't miss out on the included walking tour with a local guide that features most of the city highlights. You will see the Piazza Santa Croce; the beautiful Piazza Signoria; the Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; the Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, the Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry known as the "Gate to Paradise."
Day 13 Sun
FLORENCE AREA-ITALIAN & FRENCH RIVIERAS, FRANCE
Leave early this morning, stopping in the Square of Miracles in Pisa to admire the Leaning Tower. Later drive past Genoa along the Italian and French Rivieras before reaching your overnight on the French Riviera.
Day 14 Mon
A whole day to enjoy all the amenities of the French Riviera and a good opportunity to take advantage of the optional excursions. (B).
Day 15 Tue
Take the inland road across sun-drenched Provence and landscapes made famous the world over by the painter Van Gogh. Stop in the ancient town of Arles to visit the amphitheater. Head for Avignon, famous for its bridge and massive walls, and on to Lyon.
Day 16 Wed
Focus on the neat vineyards and fields of Burgundy, and take a break in ancient Beaune. Then on the fast and comfortable highway to Paris, arriving in time to enjoy the optional cabaret show.
Day 17 Thu
One full day to explore the city that's known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert of many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées...(Itinerary and sights maybe altered due to newly enforced traffic and parking regulations). Optional excursions are also available. And to celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner might be just the ticket.
Day 18 Fri
Relax and let the countryside whiz by on the road north to the coast, where
you board your Channel ferry. Through Kent return to London for an evening
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